Critics and Framers Go Head to Head over Constitutionality of Disciplinary Canon Revisions

News Analysis
By David W. Virtue

A constitutional battle has broken out in The Episcopal Church between those who believe the revised Title IV canons are constitutional and those who believe they are not. Naysayers say they will give the Presiding Bishop unprecedented powers she has no right to have.

What it means is this: come July 1 and the newly revised Title IV canons are in place, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will be able to wield the stick of inhibition and deposition dangled with the carrot of conformity to a largely acquiescent and fawning House of Bishops. It will mean that she can interfere in the life of dioceses like South Carolina and Central Florida with impunity if she believes they are not in conformity to the church’s national canons.Read More…

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